Division Of Surgical Oncology
At the University of Virginia, we have a strong interest in treating patients with melanoma in a multi-disciplinary fashion involving the Departments and Divisions of Surgery, Medical Oncology, Dermatology, and Surgical Pathology. These specialties are represented at our weekly educational conferences where patients are reviewed prospectively to develop treatment plans based on reviews of the histologic sections from their surgery and based on their clinical presentation and response to standard and experimental treatment protocols.
The Colon and Rectal Surgery Service exists within the Department of Surgery at the University of Virginia to provide comprehensive care for patients suffering from surgical diseases of the colon and rectum. Specifically, it provides up to date diagnostic and therapeutic service for patients with colorectal cancer, including sphincter saving approaches and adjuvant therapy, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticular disease, rectal prolapse, anal sphincter injury, and a wide variety of benign anorectal conditions including hemorrhoids, fissures, and fistula-in-ano. Additionally, the service provides complete diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy, as well as laparoscopic colon surgery and transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM). State of the art ostomy care is also available from Certified Enterostomal Therapists.
The Gastrointestinal Surgical Service has been active within the Department of Surgery and provides comprehensive care for patients that are suffering from surgical diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. This group works in close cooperation with members of the Cancer Center, the Digestive Health Center, the Women's Center as well as other Surgical Services including the Laparoscopy Center. Specifically, patients are seen and evaluated in clinic, receive either surgical or non-surgical evaluation and are evaluated postoperatively on an acute or chronic basis. Diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with a wide spectrum of gastrointestinal disease including benign or malignant diagnosis are seen and evaluated by the Gastrointestinal Surgical Group.
Additionally, this service provides complete diagnostic and therapeutic use of laparoscopy for diverse problems such as gastrointestinal bleeding, polyps, and cancer. The Gastrointestinal Surgery Group also works closely with many members of the Colo-rectal Surgery Group.
We strive to provide a full range of educational opportunities for physicians, nurses and patients in the treatment of gastrointestinal disease and are active in the recruitment of patients for up-to-date clinical protocol for evaluation of therapeutic diagnostic modalities.